UK Anti-Doping lift Tyson Fury ban after confirming doping charge

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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will face an independent hearing over a UK Anti-Doping charge alleging the presence of a banned substance within a urine sample.

UK Anti-Doping have confirmed that Fury had been provisionally banned in June, although the suspension was to be lifted pending a hearing in front of the National Anti-Doping panel.

The 27-year-old’s legal team, and that of cousin and fellow professional boxer Hughie Fury who has also been charged, announced on Tuesday that they intend to sue the organisation over claims the pair used performance-enhancing drugs.

“In response to public comments made by Tyson and Hughie Fury’s representatives, UK Anti-Doping can can confirm that both boxers were charged on 24 June 2016 with presence of a prohibited substance,” read a UK Anti-Doping statement.

“Mandatory Provisional Suspensions were imposed pursuant to Article 7.9.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.

“The UK Anti-Doping Rules allow athletes to challenge the imposition of a Provisional Suspension and the NADP today lifted the athletes’ suspensions, pending full determination of the charges. These charges will be heard at a hearing before the NADP in due course.”

Fury is due back in action in October when he faces Wladimir Klitschko in a re-match after the 27-year-old self-proclaimed Gypsy King outpointed the Ukrainian to win the WBA and WBO titles in November.